At Carnegie Science, we believe it only takes one big question or bold idea to transform the world.
That’s why we remove barriers to scientific inquiry, freeing creative and curious investigators to pave new paths of exploration—from genomes to ecosystems and from planets to the cosmos—and expand what’s possible for us all. Working together, as one scientific community, we’re advancing understanding of life, planets, and the universe around us, to move humanity forward.
Because discovery is what fuels progress—and our impact can only go as far as we let our imaginations take us.
A Message From Our President
This year, Carnegie Science captured several transformative gifts and grants that have positioned us for continued leadership and success. These new contributions to our programs will significantly enhance Carnegie’s research capabilities across multiple exciting projects.
A notable achievement is the Carnegie-led effort to secure $205 million toward the completion of the next-generation Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) currently being constructed at our Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. When completed, the GMT will enable breakthrough astronomy—from revealing the fundamental physics underpinning the cosmos to advancing our ability to search for life on distant worlds.
In support of Carnegie Science’s expansion in Pasadena, the state of California designated $20 million for ecology and environmental sciences. This support recognizes the importance of our research to the state of California and helps us to establish an enhanced research footprint in Pasadena. This interdisciplinary space will foster collaboration among scientists from various fields to address the most pressing challenges facing humanity today. Drawing upon our extensive expertise in exploring the natural world across scales, Carnegie life and environmental science researchers will investigate the intersections of climate, ecosystem dynamics, and resilience.
Additionally, Carnegie received word late in the fiscal year that we would be receiving a nearly $35 million, anonymous bequest to support astronomical instrumentation at the Observatories. This gift—the largest to the Institution since its founding by Andrew Carnegie—will enhance Carnegie Science astronomers’ capacity to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation.
At Carnegie, we strive to cultivate an environment where creativity and ambitious pursuits drive scientific discovery. This commitment fosters a lasting sense of community among our scientists, reverberating throughout their careers and lives, even after they have moved on to other positions. An example of this lifelong connection is the recent $4.2 million bequest from former Carnegie Staff Scientist Louis Brown and his wife, Lore, to support cosmochemistry research at our Earth and Planets Laboratory. The gift will specifically focus on the formation, evolution, and dynamic processes of our planet and the Solar System, ensuring their legacy lives on in perpetuity.
Looking ahead, I am deeply inspired by the dedication to our scientific endeavors embodied by these investments. And, as always, I am energized by the bold research happening throughout Carnegie. I eagerly anticipate sharing with you the next breakthroughs that these investments will enable Carnegie scientists to make.
The Year in Review
From genomes to ecosystems and from planets to the cosmos, our investigators are tackling the biggest questions of our time. We cultivate an environment of intellectual freedom and flexibility, and champion open inquiry. We encourage scientists to work within and across disciplines to push beyond the limits of what we know and expand the foundations of knowledge for all.Learn More
By the Numbers
We cultivate an environment of intellectual freedom and flexibility, and champion open inquiry. We encourage scientists to work within and across disciplines to push beyond the limits of what we know and expand the foundations of knowledge for all. This approach returns extraordinary results.Learn More
Many generous individuals and foundations have demonstrated a commitment to scientific pursuits that create new frontiers, expand human understanding, and launch the next generation of discoveries. We celebrate your investment in Carnegie Science, which helps our investigators explore beyond traditional boundaries of space, Earth, and life sciences.Learn More
Our scientists are trailblazers, following their curiosity to define new fields of investigation. From genomes to ecosystems and from planets to the cosmos, our investigators are tackling the biggest questions of our time. Learn about significant recognitions and meet new members of the Carnegie team.Learn More
On the Horizon
Carnegie scientists’ hallmark boldness, creativity, and insatiable curiosity will be necessary to mitigate an ecological crisis. By bringing our life and environmental science researchers together under one roof, Carnegie is positioned to make a major impact in the fight against climate change.Learn More
Our scientists are leaders across diverse fields of expertise.
Our high-impact research appears in top-tier journals.
Our scientists have an outsized impact on the global research enterprise.